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Homestead Act 
150th Anniversary Events 

Join us for these Homesteading and 200th anniversary of the General Land Office commemorative events in Alaska that you won’t want to miss:

Anchorage, Fourth of July

Fourth of July Parade and Commemorative Homesteading/General Land Office Tent on Delaney Park Strip -- On Wednesday, July 4, come see homesteaders serving as Parade Marshalls and riding in classic cars in Anchorage's popular Fourth of July parade in the morning in downtown Anchorage.  After the parade, discover the BLM's Homestead/ General Land Office Tent, opening at noon through the afternoon.  The tent will involve a Talking Circle with Alaskan homesteaders, colorful interpretive displays, materials on homesteading and its history, archaeologists, a 'coloring table', and more.  Attend a special commemorative program in the mid-afternoon in the theater area recognizing the last male and last female homesteaders on federal lands in Alaska. Learn why Alaska had the last male homesteader in the Nation. 

Glennallen, Fourth of July 

Fourth of July Parade -- The Glennallen Field Office will feature a homesteading float in Glennallen’s Fourth of July parade.

Slana, National Public Lands Day, July 28

On Saturday, July 28, join the BLM, Slana community, and other partners for the annual National Public Lands Day clean-up event and this year's homesteading commemoration in Slana.  What better place to learn about homesteading on federal lands than in a place where you can still see failed homesites and imagine the homesteaders of old? Jump in and help clean up debris from the homesteads site, and watch a slideshow on Homesteading presented by Archaeologist Robert King.  After the work, there will be fun and games for a feel-good, learn-a-lot day to remember and recognize Alaska’s homesteads for National Public Lands Day.

Palmer, Alaska State Fair, August 23-September 3

Visit the BLM Booth on the Iditarod National Historic Trail:  This is the last year of the Trail's Centennial Celebration (2008-2012)!  Visit the BLM's booth to pick up your homesteading information while browsing displays about the 100th anniversary of the Iditarod National Historic Trail.

BLM-Alaska also featured homesteading at these 2012 events

Great Alaska Sportsman Show booth: On March 29-April 1 in Anchorage. Beautiful four-panel display, materials and free special commemorative posters.

Nebraska: On March 29-30, BLM-Alaska Archaeologist Robert King led a BLM-sponsored symposium on homesteading at the Making of the Great Plains 1862-2012 Conference in Lincoln, sponsored by the University of Nebraska and the Homestead of America National Monument. 

Campbell Creek Science Center "Homesteading in Alaska" Fireside Chat: On April 11 in Anchorage, Archaeologist Robert King talked about the Homestead Act and homesteading in Alaska as part of Alaska’s 2012 Archaeology Month and how it helped shape the Alaska we know today. If you missed Dr. King's talk, you can listen to the podcast on KSKA's Alaska Public Radio show "Addressing Alaskans"

Tennessee: On April 19, King co-led a similar symposium at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting in Memphis, Tennessee. 

Fairbanks Outdoor Show booth: On April 20-22, this Fairbanks District booth featured information on homesteading.

Idaho: On May 6, the Idaho State Historical Society and BLM-Idaho sponsored Archaeologist Robert King as an invited speaker for a series of talks in Boise and Idaho Falls on homesteading and to lead a workshop at the Idaho State Historical Society Archives on researching homesteading records. 

Yearly Statistics for Homesteads Patented in Alaska Pre-1905 to 1961
Read the History of Homesteading in Alaska Brochure!
History of Alaska Homesteading Brochure
Download print version

Archaeology Month Poster- Celebrating the History of Homesteading

Check out this year's Archaeology Month Poster
Homesteading in Alaska 1898-1988

For more information contact:
Alaska State Office
Bureau of Land Management
222 W. 7th Ave., Unit 13
Anchorage, AK 99513
Public Room: 907-271-5960
FAX: 907-271-3684